Great Teachers Launch

Be sure to check out Harvard’s new “Great Teachers” initiative, spearheaded by the Bok Center’s very own Marlon Kuzmick (the brains behind this blog). Marlon and his team have created a series of beautiful videos that show Harvard’s faculty at work: “Through classroom discussions, lectures, interviews and performances, you can experience firsthand the liberal arts…

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Today’s guest post comes from Anna Mudd, Curriculum Coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center and MTS ’09.  What are the possibilities for creation and production of visual art in the university classroom?  How can we encourage students to not only criticize and consume but also produce visual communication?  What kinds of…

THE FEMINIST CLASSROOM

Friday, March 30, 2012, 12 noon – 5:00 pm Location: The Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/172448962866346/ A half-day conference and workshop for graduate students and postdocs developing a professional teaching profile in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Workshop a syllabus that you are developing for job applications or for a course proposal Get…

Around the Web: Political Academics

What’s the role of politics in the academy? This Week in Education reports on some recent liberal arguments that sending your children to private school or homeschooling them is anti-progressive. Matthew Woessner, a Republican and a professor at Penn State, rebuts Rick Santorum’s critiques of higher education, suggesting that it might be Santorum’s penchant for vivid…

Book Review: The Practice of University History Teaching

Alan Booth, Paul Hyland (eds.), The Practice of University History Teaching. Manchester University Press: Manchester 2000. Reviewed by Martin Kroher, Departmental Teaching Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations At first glance the usefulness of the edited volume The Practice of University History Teaching might appear to be limited to teachers in degree programs in history…

Syllabus Design Workshop

Cosette Creamer, Departmental Teaching Fellow in the Government Department, is running a workshop on syllabus and course design this Friday, March 23rd, from 1-2PM in CGIS K252. If you’re applying to teach an undergraduate seminar or tutorial, are preparing job applications, or want an introduction to an important and frequent academic responsibility, this is the…

Quote of the Day

“One of the ways we could gradually strengthen the culture of teaching at Harvard generally is to put more focus on the way we teach our PhD students to prepare for their teaching, which addresses exactly what you said isn’t systematically done. . . . I think that would not only have the benefit of…

Saving Time for Students and Teachers

Victor Shnayder, a loyal Bok Blog reader (and former Departmental Teaching Fellow in SEAS) recently told me about several time-saving, online tools for teachers and students that I thought I’d share here. They are: 1) http://papergrader.org – Makes digital grading simpler. Students upload their papers to this site. Teachers add marginal and/or end comments and/or in-line edits.…